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House of Lords ‘could be moved to York’ by Boris Johnson


House of Lords could be moved to YORK as Boris Johnson ‘reconnects with the country’ and shifts power to Tories’ new northern heartlands

  • Ministers are considering moving the House of Lords to the north or midlands
  • York and Birmingham have been identified as potential sites for the chamber
  • Boris Johnson is determined to reconnect new Tory heartlands with politics 

The House of Lords could be moved to York as Boris Johnson shifts power to his new Tory political heartlands.

The government is considering permanently relocating the second chamber to the north or midlands, in a signal that he is determined to give a voice to the areas that delivered his election victory.

Ministers have hailed efforts to ‘connect with the whole of the country’ after the PM ordered detailed work on the practicalities of putting the Lords in Yorkshire. 

The plans have gone as far as identifying disused land owned by the government near York railway station as a potential site, according to the Sunday Times. 

The Commons could also go ‘on tour’, holding debates away from London, in a bid to reconnect democracy to the wider UK.

International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said he was ‘supportive’ of the relocation and in principle it would be a ‘very good thing’.   

And Tory chairman James Cleverly told Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday: ‘What we are looking at is a whole range of options on making sure the whole of the UK feels properly connected to politics.’

Pressed on whether the government would move the Lords, he said: ‘We might. It is one of a range of things that we are looking at.’  

Boris Johnson is believed to have ordered detailed work on the practicalities of relocating peers (pictured at the state opening last month) to Yorkshire

Boris Johnson is believed to have ordered detailed work on the practicalities of relocating peers (pictured at the state opening last month) to Yorkshire

Relocating the Lords out of London would be a signal of intent from Mr Johnson (pictured) after the Tories created a new powerbase in the north and midlands at the election

Relocating the Lords out of London would be a signal of intent from Mr Johnson (pictured) after the Tories created a new powerbase in the north and midlands at the election

The Lords proposals would use the huge restoration project currently getting under way at Parliament as a springboard for change,

MPs and peers are already due to move out of the building for around six years in 2025 while the multi-billion pound overhaul takes place.

But the idea being mooted in Downing Street is that peers would end up in a new purpose-built building away from London.  

If York was chosen, the city would become a centre of political power for the first time since the English Civil War – when it played host to the Council of the North. 

The three-hour travel time is seen as manageable, with technology deployed to minimise the need to be in the same location as MPs and ministers. 

One senior government source told the Sunday Times: ‘The York proposal is much further along. 

‘The PM is also keen to have parliamentary sessions in the regions, be it Sunderland or Manchester, so people get a chance to feel democracy in action first hand.’ 

James Cleverly

Alok Sharma

Tory chairman James Cleverly (left) and International Development Secretary Alok Sharma (right) confirmed that the Lords relocation is on the cards  

The Commons (pictured) could also go 'on tour', holding debates away from London, in a bid to reconnect democracy to the wider UK

The Commons (pictured) could also go ‘on tour’, holding debates away from London, in a bid to reconnect democracy to the wider UK



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Coroner called after movie theater shooting in York, PA


Police are investigating a shooting that happened at a York, Pennsylvania, Regal Cinemas on Dec. 2. The coroner was notified about the shooting.

YORK, Pa. — At least one person was fatally shot and another injured after a shooting at a Pennsylvania movie theater Monday night, authorities said. 

Two victims were found suffering from gunshot wounds when police arrived at the Regal Cinemas in the West Manchester Town Center shopping complex just after 10:15 p.m, according to the West Manchester Township Police Department. 

Both victims were transported to a nearby hospital. A coroner was notified about the shooting and confirmed that at least one person was pronounced dead at 10:55 p.m. It’s unclear if the coroner was called to the hospital or the scene. 

The other victim survived, but the coroner is not commenting on the condition of that person.

The identity of the man that was fatally injured will be released later Tuesday and an autopsy will be scheduled some time this week. 

No additional details have been released at this time. 

Contributing: Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY. Follow Jasmine Vaughn-Hall and Ted Czech on Twitter: @jvaughn411 @TedCzechYDR

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